Applications and services for listening to audio books on your mobile phone

AudioBooks

In the Audible line is AudioBooks, a service with 125,000 audiobooks available that you can access by paying a subscription of $14.95 per month. This subscription allows you to get one free audiobook per month. As you may have guessed from the currency, the titles are only available in English, but if you have a good level or simply prefer the original version, it might be interesting.

AudioBooks can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and App Store and comes with a free 30-day trial that gives you access to your first audiobook. Once the first month has passed, you will be able to decide if you want to stay or if you prefer to opt for another service.

iVoox and Spotify

iVoox and Spotify, while podcast and music applications, have several programs dedicated exclusively to audiobooks and stories. In the case of iVoox, with a few exceptions, the vast majority can be listened to for free. The good thing is that anyone can upload their own narration of the books or stories they consider, so you’ll probably find a title that you like.

Both iVoox and Spotify allow you to download titles to listen to them offline and, if you stick to iVoox, you can download the MP3 file from the website to play it from any other player. Both applications are available on the Google Play and App Store. Here you have the audio books in Spotify and here the category “Audio books and stories” in iVoox.

AudioBooks

AudioLibros is a library of 24,000 royalty-free books by authors such as Shakespeare, Alexandre Dumas, Oscar Wild and Charles Dickens. It is an application focused on great literary works such as “La Divina Comedia” by Dante, “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or “Don Quijote de La Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes, each of them divided into episodes. You can listen in streaming or download the file to be able to access it without connection.

Of the library of 24,000 books, 2,400 are available in Spanish. As soon as you open the application it will ask you in which languages you want to listen to the titles, so you will have no problem filtering. The app is available on the Google Play and App Store and is completely free.

Services for buying and downloading audio books

Beyond the applications, on the web it is possible to find some services that allow you to buy audio books and get the MP3 file to play it from anywhere. One of the most prominent is SonoLibro, which do dramatizations in audio, IE, is not only the narration, but have sound effects, actors and background music. You can access a free catalog from their website and even listen to a sample to see if it convinces you.

AudioTeka is another similar service, although it is flat narration. You can buy any title from those who have their catalog and listen to it where you want, although they have an app for iOS and Android for those who do not want to have to be passing files from computer to mobile or vice versa. Finally, in Lit2Go you can access a huge catalog of completely legal free audio books of royalty-free works.